24. July 2015 · 3 comments · Categories: baby, Berkeley, life · Tags:

Berkeley 9 months ~ ElephantEats.com

Not sure when I’ll ever be posting a recipe again :( Haha, for now this blog is becoming my very own baby book that I already look back on with nostalgia. That’s not to say that I don’t love the little boy that Berkeley is slowing becoming. Next up on my “i can’t wait til..” list is real hugs and kisses from him!!!

This post is overdue and it’s already almost time for his 10 month update. I don’t know if not much happened during his ninth month or if I just forgot to take note.

We had lots of visits from grandparents. My mom is in the pic below, which we took to show how big his belly gets after he eats :)

full belly ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley turned 9 months old while we were in Florida, so techinically the plane ride home should be included in this post. He really was very well behaved, albeit his usual active self, until we got ready to descend. By this point he was overdue for his nap and was very very tired. I strapped him into his carseat which didn’t make him happy, because he really hates being restrained. Between that, being tired, and possibly having his ears pop, he screamed during decent. I put the car seat cover over his seat hoping that the darkness would encourage a nap and he did finally pass out. We were totally THOSE people with the screaming kid! It didn’t last long though, and when we landed, the women in front of us said he was very good. Berkeley napped through exiting the plane, meeting Nate at baggage and getting all the way out to the car before he woke.   

Blueberry face ~ Elephanteats.com

Blueberry face- what happens when babies feed themselves

He’s definitely beginning to assert himself more lately. He refused food a couple times- pushed spoon away or pushed the food out of his mouth (yellow squash pieces). He also really just wants to feed himself. He tried a bunch more new foods, all with success- strawberries and watermelon. He loves blueberries and watermelon the most. He has top teeth coming in and a new bottom tooth. He’s also gotten much better at picking food up. 

Our nanny told us that he threw his first real tantrum when she blocked his way so he couldn’t get into the kitchen. Apparently he started screaming and hitting her face, haha. 

He loves doing this weird head tilt thing, which usually looks super cute. He usually does it when he’s eating. In this pic it looks more like an exorcist baby though:

Exorcist baby ~ ElephantEats.com

He has perfected cruising while holding things, and crawls SO quickly. He also stood for a few seconds without holding onto anything, before he finally fell. I think walking isn’t too far off.

Also, in major news, he finally figured out how to sit!!! He doesn’t love it, though, and usually prefers sitting leaning back with knees bent and his shins on the ground under his thighs. I’ll have to get it on camera because it’s pretty cute. 

Sitting ~ ElephantEats.com

His naps are a little better. I’m still hoping they get long enough that he can stay up late enough for me to see him before bed :(

In music class he isn’t shy anymore and just crawls over to the instruments. He’s the one sprawled out on the ground below :)

Music Class ~ ElephantEats.com

He seems to be laughing more, especially when playing peekaboo. He’s been gentler when petting LC (instead of just smacking her in the face or grabbing her fur).

Nate celebrated his first Father’s Day! I got them matching ninja kitty shirts :) L.C. picked them out. 

Father's Day 2015 ~ ElephantEats.com

I also got a dino book so Nate could instill his dino obsession into Berkelely from an early age. Unfortunately, Berkeley will only sit still for books that have things you can touch in them. Otherwise they usually end up in his mouth or thrown on the floor.

Father's Day 2015 2~ ElephantEats.com

Stats: 19 lbs, 29 inches, Size 3 Pampers Swaddlers diapers (Size 3 Huggies Overnite with a booster pad for nighttime)

Likes:

Speed crawling, being in the water, eating, trying to grab his bird mobile above his crib, crusing around the furniture, “petting” the books that have texture

Swim Class ~ ElephantEats.com

Dislikes:

Teething, being in his car seat, not being allowed to do something he wants, not much else…he’s a happy boy!

Sitting 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

Schedule (pretty much same as 8 months):

between 5-6 am: wake up. I don’t go get him until 6am though.

6:15 am: 7 oz bottle of formula followed by baby oatmeal (made with prune juice) and some fruit pieces

7:30-8 am: 1 hr-1.5 hr nap. still occassionally 1/2 hr.

9:30 am: 6 oz bottle of formula

11-11:30ish: lunch (he eats all sorts of things: sweet potato chunks, fruit, mini meatballs, avocado, eggplant, peppers…)

11:30/12:30ish: 1 hr-1.5 hr nap. Also still occassionally 1/2 hr :(

1:30-2ish (when he wakes): 6 oz bottle of formula

3 pm- more solids (technically his dinner since he goes to bed so early)

4:30: 7 oz bottle of formula

5pm-5:30: bedtime! His naps have been a little later and longer now so he’s actually made it til 5:30 quite often. Still hoping he can regularly make it til 6pm soon so I can put him to bed.

BerkeleyCollage9month ~ ElephantEats.com

24. June 2015 · 12 comments · Categories: baby, Berkeley, life · Tags:

Berkeley 8 month ~ ElephantEats.com

*this post is a wee bit late, as Berkeley is almost 10 months old now. His 9 month update will be coming soon, hopefully…

I know I say this every month, but 8 months was a big one for little Berkeley! Pardon all the pictures, but they’re all so cute I couldn’t choose :)

He officially started crawling on his hands and knees instead of crab crawling, and man is he fast! He pulls himself up on anything and everything and even cruises a little bit (whenever we put him down for a nap or he wakes up from one, we see him on the monitor standing in his crib walking around the perimeter…or throwing all of his pacifiers one by one out of the crib).

8 month selfie ~ ElephantEats.com

He doesn’t quite understand that when he’s standing and he lets go, he’ll fall, which has led to his head smacking against the floor a couple times and him crying :( We watch his every move but i swear it happens in the split second i turn my head! He has also learned how to lower himself from standing by bending his knees and putting one hand back on the ground, but he doesn’t always remember to do it. 

8 month swimming ~ ElephantEats.com

He started his swim class! He’s the youngest one and doesn’t really understand the stuff he’s supposed to be doing, but he loves the water. He splashes and almost does a doggy-paddle thing that is SO CUTE…with me holding him of course. We even dunked him under the water a couple times, which he does not like. But he only cries for like 2 seconds when he comes up and then he’s fine.

8 month backyard ~ ElephantEats.com

The weather’s been nice so we’ve been spending lots of outside time, sitting on porch, playing in backyard.

P.S. He’s not sure what he thinks about grass…

8 month grass ~ ElephantEats.com

He tried one of those MumMum biscuits but he didn’t understand that after biting off a piece, you have a to chew it. So he just kept biting and shoving it in his mouth and biting again. I don’t think he understood that he was biting piece off since it doesn’t happen when he bites his toys. He’s still not great at chewing, but he’s been eating real finger foods now! I cut everything into very small pieces and make sure that they’re soft enough that if he swallows without chewing, it won’t choke him or hurt going down.  

8 month porch ~ ElephantEats.com

He freaking LOVES eating. There is nothing he won’t eat and he just keeps shoving things in his mouth…or grabbing the spoon if you’re feeding him. We tried lots of new foods this month- scrambled eggs, blueberry waffles (made by grandpa), blueberries, steamed pears, sweet potato sticks (definitely his favorite). My favorite thing is when he eats scrambled eggs, he doesn’t chew them so they’re a little difficult to get down, so he just takes a drink of water between bits to wash it down, haha.

8 month blueberry waffle ~ ElephantEats.com

Speaking of water, he loves it so much, and he figured out how to use a straw cup! He’s so good at it and it’s the most adorable thing. He can drink a ton of water with his meals so sometimes i take it away since he still spits up some. 

He also started reaching for people when he wants them ( i love this!!!). And towards the end of the month he’s been having some separation anxiety. It makes me so sad to see him get upset, but at the same time I love knowing that he loves me so much that he gets sad when I leave. He’s easily distracted tho, so it’s not a big deal to sneak out. We’ve been practicing waving and saying bye-bye, but he doesn’t get the waving thing yet…at least not enough to repeat it back. 

8 month Berkeley ~ ElephantEats.com

I’ve been trying to do some sign language with him before i give him food, drink, milk, when he sees LC, etc. I’m not too consistent with doing it but I have no idea if he understands what i’m doing yet. 

8 month Berkeley porch 2~ ElephantEats.com

By the end of the month, he seemed more and more like a real little person, and it’s amazing. He’s much more dexterous with his hands and is practicing his pincer grasp but hasn’t gotten too good yet. He totally gets books now and when I read him a “pat the bunny” type book, he reaches for the textures to feel them. it’s so cute!!! He sometimes tries to turn the pages, but not always. Also, he likes when i read the same book to him 5 times in a row, haha. Oh, and my mom bought him this toy that talks when you open and close it, and he figured it out and kept opening and closing it! I was so impressed.

Berkeley had his first plane ride this month! We went to Florida to visit my parents.

8 month first plane ride ~ ElephantEats.com

My mom flew there and back with me so I had help on the plane, since Nate couldn’t join. I seriously don’t know how moms travel without help. Between a baby that doesn’t sit still and a TON of bags, there is no way i could have done it alone.

8 month Florida clothes ~ ElephantEats.com

Ready to hit the golf course..

We had a lot of fun in Florida- taking walks, going swimming, showing him off to my mom’s friends. 

8 month Florida swimming ~ ElephantEats.com

Stats: 18ish lbs, Size 3 Pampers Swaddlers diapers (Size 3 Huggies Overnite with a booster pad for nighttime)

Likes:

Crawling on his hands and knees, swim class, lots of outside time, sitting on porch, playing in backyard, EATING, reaching for mom or dad to be held, drinking from his straw cup, standing and cruising, grabbing spoon and trying to feed himself, turning pages in books (sometimes backwards), throwing pacis out of crib when he wakes before i get him. 

Dislikes:

When mom or dad leaves the room, when you don’t feed him fast enough or take his water away before he’s done, napping (sometimes), staying still for more than 2 seconds, being restrained for too long in a car seat, getting dunked under water (in swim class), being startled. 

8 month tired Berkeley ~ ElephantEats.com

“My 8th month was exhausting!”

Schedule:

between 5-6 am: wake up

6:15 am: 7 oz bottle of formula followed by baby oatmeal (made with prune juice) and some pureed fruit or fruit pieces

7:30-8 am: 1/2 hr-1.5 hr nap (the latter if we’re lucky)

9:30 am: 6 oz bottle of formula

11-11:30ish: lunch (he eats all sorts of things: sweet potato chunks, fruit, mini meatballs, avocado, eggplant, peppers…)

11:30/12:30ish: 1/2 hr-1.5 hr nap (the time he goes down for his nap depends on when he got up from last one)

1:30-2ish (when he wakes): 6 oz bottle of formula

3 pm- more solids (technically his dinner since he goes to bed so early)

4:30: 7 oz bottle of formula

5pm: bedtime! he’s usually out within 20 min, sometimes even within 5 min.

BerkeleyCollage8month

Berkeley's Garden 1 ~ ElephantEats.com

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I hope you’re able to spend some time with your children today. Sadly my mom is in Florida (she was here a couple weeks ago), but we’re lucky enough to have Nate’s mom stay over and obviously I’ll have little Berkeley with me!…unless he has other plans?

Berkeley's Garden 3 ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley LOVES being outside. Now that he’s sleeping through the night and on an actual schedule during the day, we’ve actually had time to do things, and being outside has been a priority with this gorgeous spring weather. Prior to his sleep training, we spent the majority of his awake time in his room playing…it didn’t help that the weather was cold. Now that it’s warm, though, we’ve been out taking walks, enjoying the front porch, or sitting in our yard.

Berkeley's Garden 4 ~ ElephantEats.com

This Sunday will be my first Mother’s Day as an actual mom (did being a cat mom count?), and this is also our first spring in our new house with a little one!  One thing I’ve been wanting to do in our backyard is plant an herb garden. We hired out some landscaping last year, but last summer I was a tired pregnant lady with no energy for my own projects. Now that I finally have time to cook again, having fresh herbs right outside my back door would be so nice! Once I master herbs, I’m going to move on to vegetables. I want Berkeley to grow up knowing where the things he eats come from.

Berkeley's Garden 5 ~ ElephantEats.com 

I had been procrastinating planting the garden because I’m lazy I needed to go out and buy some sort of container, soil, etc, so when Personal Creations reached out to me as part of their #LoveGrowsHere movement and offered me anything from the “Garden” section of their website, I jumped at the opportunity! I ended up selecting a Galvanized Metal Planter on a stand and I even got to have it personalized :) They offered me this gift not with a requirement to blog about it, but simply to help inspire a blog post of me and Berkeley outside in the fresh spring air working on a beautiful garden space, and that’s exactly what they did!

 Berkeley's Garden 6 ~ ElephantEats.com

The planter arrived and was EXACTLY what I had been imagining for my herb garden. I went to Home Depot and got some Potting Mix (I read it’s better for herbs than potting soil), garden gloves and a spade, and all my favorite fresh herbs- basil, dill, cilantro and rosemary. The planter didn’t have any drainage in it, which I had read is crucial for growing herbs, so I simply drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom of the container. It was really easy.

Berkeley is a little young to help with the planting of the garden since he puts everything he touches in his mouth, so he was more of a bystander on this project. Hopefully next summer he can help me plant some veggies!

Berkeley's Garden 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

Personal Creations also let me pick out a plant or two from their sister site, ProPlants, to help with my project. They sadly didn’t carry any herbs, but I instead selected a gorgeous lavender wreath (which for some reason I can’t find on their site anymore) for my front door. It came packaged really well so it arrived in one piece- something not easy to do with dried flowers! It smells SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good and totally brightens our door :)

ProPlants.com Lavender Wreath ~ ElephantEats.com

 

06. May 2015 · 10 comments · Categories: baby, Berkeley, life · Tags:

Berkeley 7 month ~ ElephantEats.com

I would say the most significant thing that happened during Berkeley’s 7th month is that we sleep trained him! I have actually gotten a full night of sleep for almost a month now and it feels GLORIOUS. You’ll notice how many pics there are in this post, and it’s because we actually got to DO STUFF since he’s been sleeping well :)

Nate and Berk ~ ElephantEats.com

My favorite pic ever!

He’s still got some issues- namely his naps still aren’t great which means his bedtime is at 5pm.This early bedtime leads to two issues: 1) he wakes up around 5 (though we don’t get him until 6) and 2) he’s asleep before we get home from work so I only get to see him before I leave for work on weekdays! :(

 Cardinals Opening Day ~ ElephantEats.com

We wanted to wait to sleep train until Berkeley’s reflux was under control. I’m not sure if it’s because we upped his meds to the maximum dose for his weight, or if he’s gradually outgrowing it (fingers crossed) but he’s been seeming much less uncomfortable and spitting up less.

I bought a couple sleep training books (that used different methods) and read a ton of online articles. I wanted to attempt sleep training on my own but after a couple nights I gave up. I wasn’t comfortable letting him cry without knowing that I was doing it the right way. I mean there isn’t really a “right way” but depending on your child’s disposition, etc, there is definitely a way that will work best for him/her.

Trader Joe's Run ~ ElephantEats.com

Our weekly Trader Joe’s run.

We ended up working with Pickles and Ice Cream sleep consulting, who I had read about on a funny mom blog I read called Mommy Shorts. Erin, the sleep consultant, doesn’t use one training method specifically, but I would say that it’s a modified CIO (cry it out) plan, with timed check-ins. After filling out an online intake form, she schedules a 45 min (or in my case slightly longer because I ask so many questions) phone call. During the phone call she basically tells you how the plan is going to work. I guess she comes up with the basics beforehand, based on the intake form, so you should really try to be super detailed on that. After the call, she sends you a very detailed pdf file of the whole plan. The plan starts the night after you receive the plan, and she gives you 8 days of email and phone support. I ended up calling her numerous times and she guarantees she’ll call you back within 4 hrs. Emails are answered by the end of the day. I’m sure she was mighty sick of me and my incessant questions by day 1, but she didn’t show it. 

Berkeley 7 months old ~ ElephantEats.com
Ignore my creepy face in the back…

Night 1 involved crying, but never for longer than 10 minutes before I got to check on him (i.e. go in, put a paci in his mouth and then leave). He took an hour to fall asleep. That was the longest hour of my life. Nate wasn’t home so I was doing it on my own and I was on the verge of tears myself. Finally after an hour, Berkeley let out one final scream and then literally conked out. It was such a contrast (the screaming and then immediately passing out) that I laughed out loud. I was already feeling slightly more confident.

Porch Fun ~ ElephantEats.com

Porch fun

He woke up a bunch during the night but I only had to check on him once because he was able to self-soothe- you only check on him if it’s more than 10 STRAIGHT minutes of crying, but he would cry on and off. Night two he was asleep within 15 min. Night three he passed out in 5 min. Oh, and he slept thru the night by the second night! I was told night five he might have a regression. Sadly because his bedtime is super early until his naps are better, it was also the first night EVER that i wasn’t home to put him to sleep :( His nanny told me he cried for 15 min straight so she went in to give him his paci and he went right to sleep after. Not too bad! He was up during the night a bunch but never cried. He just played in his crib and tried to resettle himself. 

Family Selfie April 2014 ~ ElephantEats.com

In the beginning when he woke up crying, he would be all cuddly, which I loved…but he doesn’t cry at all anymore. He just plays and talks to himself until we go get him. Sometimes he’ll let out a protest cry if he’s been in there a while awake, but it rarely has tears. If he would NAP LONGER, he wouldn’t have to be awake in his crib so long!!!

Baby selfie ~ ElephantEats.com

Baby selfie!

We’re a month in and I can already say that doing sleep training was the best decision I’ve ever made, second only to getting an epidural. Haha! As I mentioned before, his naps aren’t so great yet, but they’re still WAY better than when I had to hold him for 2 hours or take 30 min to rock him to sleep. Now I just put him down awake and leave the room. He usually falls asleep within 15 minutes. Lately he’s been crawling around the crib and trying to scale the walls of it, but he eventually tires out and rests his little head. Ideally his afternoon nap should be around 2-3 hours, but it currently ranges from 30 min to 1 hour 20 min, hence the early bedtime. But I’m supposed to leave him in his crib for 90 min minimum, so even if he wakes early, I still have some time to myself- hooray!!!

Berkeley Sleeping ~ ElephantEats.com

How cute is Berkeley when he sleeps?!

In addition to conquering nightime sleep, Berkeley hit some major milestones this month. He still can’t sit unassisted, but he started and mastered army crawling, and just started to take some steps on his hands and knees too! Usually after a few steps he goes back to army crawling because it’s faster. He also can pull himself up to standing…which was crazy the first time he did it. It makes sense though since he loves to stand. He hasn’t quite figured out what to do once he gets to a standing position and thinks that it’s ok to just let go of whatever he’s holding on to. This means he gets monitored carefully. He’s a tough guy and doesn’t even flinch when he bonks his head on things…which happens quite a lot since the boy doesn’t sit still.  

Swings ~ ElephantEats.com

First time on the swings

He also started going to music class! I don’t get to go since it’s on a weekday, but I did get to come this last Friday and it was so much fun :) His nanny told me that the first time he was scared of the drums and was also just overwhelmed with all the new sights. When I came (his third class), he was warming up to it and was pretty smiley.

Oh, he also got much better at eating solids this month and doesn’t really push any out of his mouth. He’s still doing purees though.

Can’t wait to see what next month brings!!!

Swings 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

Stats: 17 lb 5 oz, 28 in. Size 3 diapers. 

Likes:

Eating his toes, doing stuff! (because he has a schedule now), music class, almost sitting up, his wubbanub, putting pacifier in his own mouth, high pitched squealing (except when he lost his voice due to crying), crawling to his toy bin and pushing it over and sticking his head in it, kissing himself in mirror, foot tapping (constantly), throwing a fit when you take away his water, etc., face grabbing, eating solids!, taking walks, getting on hands and knees- crawling a few steps, throwing pacifiers out of the crib, toes, watching cars from our front porch, yelling, pulling to standing!, trying to grab the birds in the mobile above his crib, his grandparents, and he LOVES being outside.

Stroller ride ~ Elephant Eats.com

Dislikes: 

Staying still, sitting, waiting too long for his breakfast 

Schedule: 

He finally has a schedule now that we sleep trained!!

He wakes up before 6am most days, but we don’t go get him until 6. He gets a 7 oz bottle and then we go downstairs for some breakfast (oatmeal and some fruit puree, plus about 1 oz of water to drink). Depending on what time he gets up, he has his first nap around 7:30-8 and it lasts anywhere from 30 min to 1 hr 40 min. We don’t get him out of his crib until at least 75 min tho. When he wakes he gets a little 3.5 oz bottle. He sometimes gets solids about an hour later, and then he gets a 6 oz bottle 30 min before his next nap. The next nap happens somewhere between 11:30-12:30 and lasts about the same as his first nap. He gets a 6 oz bottle when he wakes and then a 7 oz bottle about 30 min before bedtime. Bedtime is currently between 5-5:30. I’m hoping it’s later at my next update!!!

Berk and mom ~ ElephantEats.com

The Ultimate Clueless Pregnant Lady's Baby Registry Guide ~ www.ElephantEats.com

When I was pregnant and had to figure out what I needed to buy for the baby, it was the hardest thing E.V.E.R. Do you know how many baby things exist? And do you know how much energy a pregnant lady has to research baby things? The answer is 1.68 billion, and zero. 

I had no idea where to start. I asked friends. I also searched all over the internet for blogs talking about favorite baby items and some of them were really helpful…but none were really thorough. So I decided to talk a little about what products have made my life easier since having Berkeley in the hopes that it will help some other anxious pregnant lady down the line who finds her way to my blog during her searches ;) Some of this stuff you wouldn’t put on a registry per se (hello, granny panties!), but they’re necessities for the days and weeks following your baby’s birth.

**Warning, this list is LONG and comprehensive…and perfect for women like myself who like to be told exactly what they need**

(I’m sure I still forgot some things, so let me know if there’s something you think I should add! Also, be on the lookout for an “older baby necessities” list in the coming months, since I was also clueless about what to get post-newborn stage)

 * an asterix indicates necessities for Reflux babies who spit up a ton

 

Diapering Registry List

Diapering:

Waterproof changing pad liners*- These things are awesome when baby has a blowout or pees while you’re changing him/her. It keeps the changing pad cover clean (unless it’s a REALLY big blowout or a pee you don’t catch in time) and it’s much easier to toss in the laundry than a whole changing pad cover. Luckily the changing pad itself that I chose is wipeable too! I also used these underneath the sheet in my bassinet since my baby spit up a lot.

-Ubbi diaper pail- I did a lot of research on diaper pails and I like this one for a few reasons. 1) It comes in lots of colors, particularly ivory, which matched my decor. 2) It’s made of steel and so doesn’t absorb smells like plastic does. 3) It takes standard kitchen size trash bags so you don’t have to fork over extra money for specialty ones (i like to use Febreeze kitchen bags for extra smell-hiding).

-Babyganics unscented wipes  – For the first couple weeks of life I used the recommended paper pads they give you at the hospital and warm water (it’s best for newborns sensitive skin). I knew that wasn’t realistic to carry on forever but know that since I have sensitive skin, there was a very good chance my baby would too. I didn’t want anything super scented or harsh. I think I started using these after the 2nd or 3rd week- My baby nurse recommended them and I love them. I do wish they came in a refillable container, but it’s not so bad. I order the giant 400 ct boxes that come with four 100-ct packs. They’re often buy one get one 50% off at babiesrus so I stock up when I can. You go through lots of these!

-Baby aquaphor- My baby nurse recommended this to prevent diaper rashes, and Berkeley hasn’t gotten one yet (knock on wood). I used to use it after every diaper change. Now I only do it during the first and last change of the day. Get the tub…trust me you’ll go through it quickly!

-Pampers swaddlers- I started using these because they’re what the hospital uses, but I found I really like them. They fit well and have a little stripe in front that changes color when the diaper is wet. They wick moisture very well so you don’t have to change them after every little pee pee. 

-Naturepedic Organic Contoured Changing Pad plus cover (note that this link includes the cover but other links usually don’t include it)-  I got this changing pad because I was planning to use a dresser as my changing table and this comes with straps to attach it to the back of any furniture so it doesn’t fall off. If there’s a giant blowout that dirties the boppy liner (above) plus the changing pad cover, the pad itself is totally wipeable, which I loved.

Small item storage-Diaper caddy of some sort- I used a basket I had. You need a place to store diapers, wipes, cream, lotions, etc that you can easily grab.

 

-Babyganics hand sanitizer- You definitely need hand sanitizer for use after changing diapers. You’re not going to have time to run to the bathroom to wash them in the sink, especially if you have no one there helping you. Also, it’s good to keep a bottle of this around for when visitors come so you can very easily ask them to sanitize before touching your child (or you can keep all hands away from your child until he’s 4 months old, like i did, haha).
 
 
Sleeping Registry Needs

Sleeping:

Kolcraft® Cuddle'n Care® 2-in-1 Bassinet... : Target-Bassinet (preferably one that rocks)- I was lucky enough to borrow this from my cousin, but there are lots out there. I found out later that they make something called a cosleeper which is essentially a bassinet with three sides that attaches to the side of your bed- that’s probably good if you’re tight on space. I do wish this bassinet had been a bit easier to wash. If you have a baby that spits up a lot, it’s pretty important that you can wash it without taking the whole thing apart. 

-Playard with storage- I used this as a bassinet when Berkeley got too big for the one we had, since I kept him in our room for almost 4 months. I chose this because it has a lot of storage for baby things- most others don’t. I will say that the dream snuggler part was a pain to install and I never used it since I had a bassinet, but otherwise I probably would have. L.C. (our cat) ended up using it as her personal bed. Also get some playard sheets!

-Aden + Anais Muslin swaddle blankets- I bought a lot of these and my baby nurse was awesome at using them to swaddle. I got the hang of it, but Berkeley was such a Houdini that if you didn’t get it on JUST right, he escaped and in my sleep deprived state, getting it on tightly sometimes took more patience than I had. That being said, they’re great to use as shawls when holding or burping him if you want to protect yourself and visitors from drool and spitup (and protect baby from the germs on visitor’s clothes- yes, I’m a germaphobe!). 

-Swaddleme swaddles- i hated these when Berkeley was a newborn because I couldn’t get them tight enough…but as he got a little bigger, they were life savers. Buy at least 3 since they’ll get peed through and spit up on, and have the larger size ones for when they outgrow the small size. I ended up often using them with one or both legs out (although with both legs out they sometimes rode up while he slept).

Sleeping Baby Zipadee-Zip-Zipadeezip- Once your baby starts rolling over, you can’t swaddle anymore so this is a way to start transitioning to no swaddle (if your baby isn’t colicky, I recommend avoiding the swaddle to start so you don’t have to deal with getting them used to NOT wearing one). I wanted this to instantly make Berkeley sleep through the night, like the rave reviews all claim, but it didn’t do that exactly. However, when Berkeley started rolling over in his swaddle I had no choice but to find some sort of transition since he was a wild man when he was “free.” This suit definitely kept his arm flailing to a minimum and kept him from scratching his face too. It allowed him to comfortably sleep on his stomach (since he’d flip over) without me worrying that he’d get stuck in a position where he couldn’t breathe and couldn’t move himself.

-Crib sheets- Got these and can’t complain. They’re very soft and stretchy. They seem a little small for the mattress but are fine if you stretch them. I got a three pack but couldn’t find the link. You’ll definitely want at least 3 sheets though.

-Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad*- Important if you have a heavy wetter or a spitter upper! I have these ones and even when there’s a big spitup that soaks through the sheets, the pad is never wet!

 

-Crib mattress- Choosing a mattreess took F.O.R.E.V.E.R for me to do. There are so many types and choices. Did i want organic or not organic? Hard or super hard? I finally settled on this one and it’s been great. Berkeley seems to like it.

-Crib- I got this crib on major sale because the color I wanted was being discontinued. I love the look. It’s super sturdy and easy to put together. It can be converted into a toddler bed too. It doesn’t really matter what brand crib you get, as I’m sure they’re all safe. Also, depending on what you plan on doing you may not need this immediately. As I mentioned before, Berkeley slept in a bassinet next to our bed for his first 4 months. 

 

NoJo Crushed Fleece Sheet Saver - 2 pK : Target-Sheet Saver*- These are really only necessary if you have a spitter upper and don’t feel like changing the sheets multiple times per day. If you put your baby down with his head on these, the spitup will be containted to the fabric and you can just swap it out if it gets really wet. These are only useful in a crib, so when Berkeley was in his bassinet/playard and was swaddled and didn’t move at all, I used to just put a padded cloth diaper/burp cloth under his head. Also, now that Berkeley is older he loves touching things and I often see him rubbing his hand or face on this while falling asleep because it’s super soft. 

BreathableBaby® Mesh Crib Liner - buybuyBaby.com -Breathable mesh bumper- I bought this when I was tired of Berkeley’s pacifier falling out of his mouth and inevitable bouncing thru the crib slats and onto the floor. You’re not supposed to have padded bumpers in cribs anymore since it’s a suffocation risk, but these claim they’re breathable. By the time we put him in the actual crib, he could turn his head anyway. Berkeley moves a lot in his sleep and one night his face was smushed up against these and I found out because I heard him gasping in the monitor- although i really don’t think he was bothered by it. Needless to say I freaked out and moved him, but he probably would have been fine until he moved on his own. I think most babies aren’t as active at night though.

-Levana Lila baby monitor – Some people like having a baby monitor on wifi but I figured I’d never really have a need to watch my baby sleep when I wasn’t home. This monitor has night vision and two-way sound. I ended up buying an extra camera because he didn’t always sleep in the same room, but it has the ability to add even more cameras which would be useful with multiple children. My only complaint is that the clip on the back breaks easily if you drop it (which you’re bound to do at least once). I rigged up a solution since the company was kind of annoying when I called to get a new clip. It doesn’t affect the monitor other than it can’t stand up on its own without it.

-You might also want blackout curtains for the windows. If you have a bad sleeper like we do, these are a godsend. We didn’t start using them til he was in his own room at about 4 months, though.

 
 
Clothing Registry

Clothing:

Carter’s “bodysuits” plus pants- You really don’t need much in the way of clothing for a newborn- all they do is sleep! Berkeley is almost 8 months old and he still pretty much lives in onesies (long sleeve for winter) and soft pants. I know it’s boring and not as cute as all those adorable outfits you see, but he mainly spends his time in the house (and napping) and I want him to be comfortable. Also, when swaddling, it’s best not to have bulky clothes, even if baby jeans are the cutest things E.V.E.R. I like Carters brand because they always have sales and I know exactly what size he fits in at any time (all brands vary a ton). The pants often come in 2-packs which is a bonus.

-Carter’s baby socks- Berkeley got SO many baby socks as gifts, but the newborn ones never stay on and they outgrow them very quickly. I found that these Carters ones come in tons of adorable colors, are always on sale, and most importantly they stay on. They say they’re for 3-12 months, but Berkeley fit in them not too soon after he was a newborn.

-Zip up footie pjs and sleeping gowns- I LOVE the pjs that zip up because they’re SO MUCH EASIER during middle of the night diaper changes than fumbling with 10,000 teeny snaps. The Carter’s ones are good, but if you can find them, some brands (Target Circo Sleeper) make the zip start at the bottom which is SO much smarter (i was going to invent that but then found it already existed!) so you dont have to unzip completely to change a diaper.  For a while I also loved the sleep gowns but then got annoyed when they’d ride up while I burped him. Also get some footie pjs that snap , because they’re cute too! And they seem to fit for longer and are better for holding gigantic overnight wet diapers. 

-Undershirts (if winter baby)- My baby nurse recommended these side snap shirts and I’ve been using them under pajamas and clothes during the day since the weather got cold. I wish they came in sizes larger than 6 month! :( 

-A baby hat or two- It’s very hard to find ones that stay on, but we liked the ones that came with our Circo brand pjs.

 

-A good zip-up jacket or sweatshirt (with hood for cold weather)- Babies need layers and we pretty much just used a really heavy fleece-lined sweater all winter long. We would put the hood up in addition to putting a light hat  on him since one of them was bound to move around.

-Dreft detergent- This is sensitive enough for a baby’s skin but we use it for all our laundry too. Our machine has a detergent reservoir so you can’t use a different kind for each load, and it’s been totally fine for our laundry. Make sure to get HE if you have a high efficiency washer!

-Dreft stain remover*- SUPER important if you don’t want newborn poop staining all of his and your cute clothes (along with anything else it comes in contact with). Did you know that newborn poop is bright yellow?! (at least breastfed poop). I rinse the clothes in the sink quickly, spray on the stain remover and scrub the fabric together a bit, let it sit, rinse it off, and repeat if necessary. Then I just leave it til I do laundry. It’s also been great at removing stains from his vitamin now that he’s old enough to take one- also very yellow!

 

 

Feeding Registry

 Feeding:

-Dr browns bottles*- Although my breastfeeding instructor recommended Breastflow brand bottles, they seemed like they made Berkeley suck in too much air. Since he was already a gassy, colicky baby, we switched to these Dr. Browns bottles that are designed to eliminate excess air from being taken in. My only complaint with these is that the markings on the side of the bottle aren’t uniform and so aren’t very accurate. I got two boxes of bottles and the markings on one set were not the same on the other set- like i put 4 oz in one according to the markings and when i poured in the other set it showed more than 4 oz. Prob not a huge deal but it bothered me. You’ll need to get the larger size nipples as your baby gets older. If you don’t start bottle feeding til your baby is older, you dont’ really need the “newborn set” and can just get the 8oz bottle set. *If you get these bottles make sure you get a pack of the travel lids too.

-Dr browns Bottle Warmer- This really isn’t necessary but it’s helpful. For a while I just heated a cup of water in the microwave and then stuck the bottle in it until it was warm. This is more convenient and warms well and quickly but it’s really hard to clean and gets moldy easily. That being said, I don’t think other bottle warmers warm as quickly as this one. Also, when it did get moldy I called customer service and they sent me a new one. After getting the new one I made sure to descale it with a vinegar/water solution every couple of weeks. 

-Bottle brushes- They usually come with the bottle set. I actually only like the nipple brush that came with another bottle set we bought but you can’t buy it separately. For the actual bottles, though, I like the Dr. Brown’s brush.

-1/10th of a gram scale – Berkeley’s specialty formula (Elecare) is best when measured by weight, which is also a lot easier than counting out scoops. It has to be measured to a tenth of a gram which is more precise than a kitchen scale. I found this reasonable and small scale and it’s been great.

-Gerber cloth diapers/burp clothes* – These come in a 10-pack and are GREAT for babies who spit up a lot since you go thru so many burp cloths. Currently I have a rotation of 20. Make sure you get the 6-ply ones because otherwise they soak straight thru. I also used these to put under Berkeley if he had a blowout while I was feeding him and I didn’t want to interrupt the feeding. I also used these under my baby’s head when he was sleeping (when he was still swaddled and not moving a lot) because he used to spit up SO much while sleeping and it was easy to just swap out the cloth instead of changing the whole sheet.

-Aden and Anais Burpy Bib*- If you have a messy baby (i.e. a reflux baby), you MUST get these bibs. They cover more surface area than any other bib.

 

-Baby bottle and dish soap- the brand doesn’t really matter but this one is nice.

 

-Dr. Brown’s microwave sanitizer- I read that baby bottles really only need to be sanitized before the first time you use them, but I still santize them nightly. Some people just put them in the top rack of the dishwasher, but I don’t run the dishwasher nightly, so this is just easeir for us. This is a great saniziter because it’s BIG.The only other way to sanitize a large amount of items is the old fashioned way- in a boiling pot of water.

-Medela sanitizing bags- I used these for sanitizing the pumping supplies before I bought the Dr. Brown’s microwave sanitizer. They’re good to travel with (assuming you’ll have microwave access) and are good for just sanitizing a few items. 

-Boon Drying rack- This rack is great because it’s really big and can hold everything! Definitely get the extra twig piece for holding smaller things.

 

-Formula mixing pitcher- When I first started giving Berkeley bottles, I mixed them one-by-one…rookie mistake. My nanny told me I should just mix everything at once, which I totally didn’t think of. You could totally just use a giant jug with a lid and shake it, but I like that this has an agitator that mixes the powder very well so there are no clumps.

-Oh, and a big comfy chair! You probably already have one but we bought a glider for the nursery. This is a great item to have people go in on together since it’s $$$.

 

 

Pumping Registrty

Pumping:


Medela Pump-in-Style Pump- I got this pump for free through my insurance but I’ve heard it’s one of the best. When getting extra parts for it (it comes with one set), make sure to get the connector pieces that are separate from the breast shields. They sometimes come as one piece and are SO ANNOYING that way.

-Nuk Breastmilk Storage Bags- There are lots of brands of breastmilk storage bags but I liked these and they never leaked. 

 

-Nuk Milk Bag Rack- This is great for storing your milk in the freezer compactly. After they freeze you can stack them vertically on their own.

 

-Pumping bra- I got this Simple Wishes brand bra and I like that it’s highly adjustable so you don’t have to guess which size fits you. A pumping bra is a necessity if you pump! It leaves your hands free to post adorable pics of your baby to facebook from your phone ;)

-Pump bag if going back to work- I got the Medela Messenger bag which is a perfect size, but I dont’ receommend it because it doesn’t have anything to keep it closed. I would have gotten the Medela backpack but you can only buy it WITH the pump, which is super annoying since I got the pump from my insurance company. They really need to sell it separately like they do with the other bags!

 

 

Bathtime Registry

Bathtime:

-Washcloths- doesn’t really matter what brand but I like the Aden + Anais ones because they’re soft. Get a lot of them. I usually use 2 per bath (one for butt and one for everything else) starting from when Berkeley just got sponge baths. 

-Hooded Towels – Get a bunch of hooded towels since babies lose a lot of heat thru their heads! Some of them come with washcloths.

 

- Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub -The bathtub was another item that I couldn’t decide on. This one has been great- it comes with an infant sling and a seat. To start we used the sling and kept the seat in- it kept him from sliding down too far. Now we’re using just the sling, and I imagine at some point soon we’ll be using the seat. We put it on our bathroom counter and fill it with bowlfuls of water from the sink. It has a drain in the bottom so you can empty it over the sink. As an added bonus it has a little toy that Berkeley has LOVED since about 6 months old.

-Baby shampoo- It really doesn’t matter what you get, but we like Aveeno baby shampoo.

 

-Water thermometer – I don’t know about you but I have NO idea what temperature water should be. What’s comfortable to me is probably too hot for a baby. Before I got this I would annoy Nate at EVERY bath by asking him 1000 times if the water temperature seemed ok to him…so I think he would probably recommend this more than me ;) It’s idiot proof- You drop it in the water and it turns green if the water is in the safe temperature range and red if it’s too hot. Perfect! I actually really wanted this one but it won’t be useful til we bathe in the tub

-Soft Shampoo Rinser Cup- I didn’t use this til Berkeley got a little bigger but now it’s great for rinsing him off instead of just using a washcloth. It’s soft so clutzes like me won’t injure their babies’ heads by bonking them by mistake.

-Baby Qtips- I don’t know if all babies are like this, but Berkeley has really waxy ears (it’s gross). I actually think he just takes after Nate’s side of the family because apparently they have ear wax problems. Anyway, you can’t use a regular qtip in a babies ear because you don’t want to go in too far. Baby qtips are huge so you can’t actually get them into the ear canal- they’re just for cleaning outside of that when the wax makes its way out…and trust me, it will.
 

 

Play Registry

Play:

-Activity Gym- Since babies are supposed to sleep on their backs now to prevent SIDS, tummy time is very important during their awake time to promote neck strength and coordination. Any activity mat will do but this went with our Woodland themed nursery (which I STILL haven’t shown you guys yet…oops!).

-Boppy Newborn Lounger*- This is a great spot to put your baby down when your arms need a rest. It keeps baby propped up (good for reflux!) so we often put it underneath the activity gym for him to lay on. We also used to put it on our laps when we played with him to boost him up a little so he could look at us.. When Berkeley was going through his colicky stage, I used to rock him to sleep in my arms and then ever-so-gently place him on this in the same position he was in my arms- if I were to put him flat in the crib he’d start crying. Then I would aim the camera at it so I could watch him since it’s not meant for sleeping!

-Sophie!- Yes, this is the quintessential registry item, but for good reason. I don’t know what is so delicious about that darn giraffe, but Berkeley LOVES chewing on her. 

 

-A rattle or two- Really any rattle is fine, but as Berkeley got older, he decided he loved to chew on this fox’s snout :)

 

-Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes- This was given to Berkeley in an awesome package of hand selected gifts by my friend, Shannon (she’s so thoughtful!). Berkeley LOVES this thing. Like major love. It really holds his attention, especially when he used to get super fussy. We’ve played it so much that the battery is dying, so we’ll have to replace it soon!

-Baby bouncer/rocker- People swear by the Rock n’ Play, especially reflux babies that need to be propped up. We got the Mamaroo but unfortunatley Berkeley didn’t like being in it til he was about 3.5-4 months old. At that point we used it as a seat for him to just chill out in. Actually we called it his poop seat because he seemed to relax in it so much that we always put him there when he seemed to be trying to poop, haha. The Mamaroo plays nature sounds but also has a spot to plug in an ipod, so now we basicaly use it as a speaker system for his room. He never was really a fan of the motions it does. There’s also a Rockaroo that I think he would have liked more because it mimics being rocked in your arms. Honestly, I wish we had just bought one of the Bjorn basic lightweight bouncer seats so I could have easily moved it from room to room when I wanted to get dressed or brush my teeth or whatever. Anyway, it’s great to have a bouncer or rocker of some kind so give your arms a rest. Some people let their babies sleep in them since they’re super comfortable but we never got into that habit. 

 

 

Misc. Baby Needs Registry

Miscellaneous Baby Needs:

-Nuk Orthodontic Pacifier- I said I wouldn’t use pacifiers til at least one month (and told my baby nurse) but found out she used them a little sooner. After she left I totally get why- they’re magic! Nuk ones are best for baby’s developing teeth and babies seem to like the fit too. They have different sizes so make sure you get the newborn size. 

-Pacifier Clip- These are crucial to use in the car seat, stroller or baby carrier so that the pacifier doesn’t fall out and get lost!

 

-Baby Carrier- I started using these to calm my colicky baby when I wanted to free my hands up. As a bonus, they’re great when your baby is older too. It’s best to find one that has the option of facing out for when baby gets older. I have the original Ergo but it doesn’t offer the option to have the baby face out (once their neck can support it). If i had to do it again I would get the Ergo 360 because it has the option to face out. I borrowed my friend’s Baby Bjorn which I love because it’s lightweight and easy to take with you, but it does hurt your shoulders after a while. The ergo has a waist strap to ease shoulder strain. 

-Stroller: Baby Jogger City Select- When researching strollers, there was SO much to choose from. I asked other moms and ended up going with the BabyJogger City Select because you can make the seat face front or back and you can add another seat down the line since I have a feeling we’ll have two kids in strollers at some point. My only complaint with this is that they say the seat it comes with isn’t appropriate for babies under 6 months. I’m pretty sure they say this so that you’ll buy the bassinet attachment. While the bassinet would have been nice (since it reclines completely flat and can be removed when you get inside and brought to another room), we made do just fine with the regular seat. It practically reclines flat and I just used a rolled up towel under Berkeley’s tush to get the fit right as he grew. You can also buy an attachment so that a car seat fits on this stroller but I opted not to use it. This stroller isn’t good for travelling because it’s large but it’s great for anyplace else because of the all-terrain wheels! We ended up also getting the City Mini for airplane travel.

-Snap N Go stroller- My friend recommended this to me because it’s lightweight and you can lift and open it with one hand.  Pretty much any car seat fits in it and those car seats are so freaking heavy that you wont want to have to carry them far if you don’t have to. It’s been a godsend and is perfect for going anwhere that doesn’t have rugged terrain (mall, supermarket, good sidewalks). We keep it in the trunk of our car. I’m a little worried the wheels will wear down if i use it outside too much, but so far so good. 

 -Medical items to have on hand: We got a kit like this one that comes with digital thermometer, baby nail clipper, snot sucker (people swear by this odd contraption which I bought but can’t figure out how to use it well), plus a baby brush, and some other stuff. Also make sure you have Infant tylenol, Little Tummy’s Gas Drops (especially for colicky babies), saline drops for stuffy noses. 

-Infant car seat- After more googling, asking friends and spending WAY too much time making going back and forth between the different ones, I settled on the Keyfit Chicco 30 which seems to be a very popular selection. I’ve been very happy with it. Berkeley had a blowout it in and I’m happy to report that the infant insert is completely machine washable (and we even put it on low in the dryer even though it wasn’t recommended).

-Car mirror- To see your baby in the back when you’re driving. P.S. The safest place for a baby seat is in the rear middle seat, even if it doesn’t have LATCH connectors.

 

-J.J.Cole Car Seat Cover- I was totally clueless about how I’d keep my baby warm in the winter. Bulky coats aren’t recommended for use in car seats because they make the seats less safe (the straps aren’t tight against the baby because there’s puffy fabric in between them and the baby). Instead, I got this car seat cover and it’s been great for the cold weather. 

J.J. Cole Infant Urban Bundle Me- I also got the same thing for the stroller. I did a lot of research and this is compatible with the CityJogger City Select stroller. You have to unzip the sun shade piece to get it on but it fits perfectly!

-Car Seat Canopy- This is a great way to keep people from touching your baby, and also to give him/her a dark place to nap while you’re out and about! You’ll probably get a mailer with a coupon for a free one of these where you just have to pay shipping, so make sure to be on the lookout!

 

 

Items for Mom Registry

Items for Mommy:

-Comfy granny panties- These are exactly what you want when you leave the hospital and run out of those weird mesh panties they give you. I have a big booty (that only got bigger with pregnancy) and these fit me perfectly. The waistband is loose and high.

-Nursing Tanktop – I wore these all day and night during my breastfeeding days. They’re super convenient, comfortable, and appropriate for being seen in public with. Get a ton of them. I would wear them for 3 or more days straight, alternating between a daytime one and a nightime one.

-Cardigans and/or comfy button down shirts- Great for staying warm in but still keeping your boobs accessible. I’m sure you already own a bunch of these but my mom went out and got me a bunch of cheap stuff at Target that was perfect.

-Lanolin- I put this on after every nursing and pumping session to keep my nipples from getting dried out and raw.

 

-Heating pad- You probably have one of these lying around in your house, but if you’re prone to getting clogged milk ducts like I was, this is a necessity! You need to heat and massage before feedings if you have any hope of getting rid of them.

-Nursing Pads – I like this brand, although I’m sure others are fine.

 

-Nursing Pillows- A lot of people swear by the Boppy breastfeeding pillow but I just could not figure out how to use it comfortably when nursing. Instead i just used a plain old pillow that I shoved between myself and the arm of my glider chair. Make sure you have a pillow protector and pillow case on the pillow for when baby inevitably has a leaky blowout while eating. Once I figured out a more comfortable position, I was able to nurse without a pillow at all.

-Food/water cup/phone charger with extra long cord to keep by your nursing chair- This is extra important if you’re nursing. You get starving in the middle of the night nursing sessions and need these all within arm’s reach. These also come in handy later when you have a baby that will only nap 30 minutes in the crib and then requires you to hold him the rest of the time (ahem, Berkeley!).

– OH, and don’t forget a diaper bag!